Primary Stars Kit & Equipment Scheme Open

Primary Schools across England and Wales can get their hands on a Nike football kit for their team or equipment to use in lessons, all for free.

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme opened for applications on Tuesday, 20 February and schools registered to Premier League Primary Stars can apply for the kit and equipment.

Schools can claim 14 pieces of children's kit, plus a tracksuit for the teacher.

The equipment package includes 12 Nike match balls, training bibs, pop-up goals, and many other things that teachers can use to create active classroom sessions.

Last year more than 3,700 kits and equipment packs were donated by the Premier League.

Teachers or parents keen to have these for their schools should register them with Premier League Primary Stars so they can apply. 

So far more than 12,000 schools have done so to take up the free resources available to school teachers that can inspire girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

Teaching materials cover subjects from English and Maths to teamwork and PE, with free to download activity ideas, worksheets, lesson plans, fun assemblies and exclusive videos.

Schools should visit to see if they are eligible and how to apply for the kit and equipment.

Table Adjustments in Inter-District Leagues

A number of adjustments have had to be made to the League Tables in the Inter-District competitions following the matches of 20th January 2018.

Camden & Islington District SFA

After the U15 Star Shield match between Camden & Islington and Brent on 20th January 2018, which Camden & Islington won 5-2, it became apparent that Camden & Islington had fielded a substitute whose school was not, in fact, within their district. This was immediately reported to MSFA and while the Association accepts that no deliberate attempt was made to gain an advantage, the decision has been made to deduct three points from their total in accordance with Association Rule 2v.

Haringey District SFA

This association has entered teams in all of the Association's Inter-District Leagues, but has forfeited the vast majority of its fixtures. Haringey's U12 side has not fulfilled a single fixture, while the teams at U13, U14 and U15 have each played one match but failed to field teams in any of their other fixtures.

With this in mind, the Association has concluded that Haringey District SFA's consistent concession of fixtures is unfair to the other districts who have taken part in these competitions. As such, the decision has been made to expunge the records of Haringey's U12-U15 teams inclusive from the relevant League Tables and to cancel those fixtures that remain outstanding.

Haringey's Under-11 team, which has fulfilled its most recent matches in the Batchelor Cup, shall continue in that competition and their future fixtures remain valid.

Under-14 Rep. Team into last eight

Middlesex 4-1 Norfolk

English Schools' FA Inter-County TrophyU14vNorfolk251117

Saturday 25th November 2017

A strong second half performance helped Middlesex into the quarter-finals of the English Schools’ FA Trophy. The hosts started cautiously against a confident Norfolk side, who passed the ball well without troubling the Seaxes defence. In the 15th minute Middlesex scored an excellent counter-attacking goal; Reiss Walker caught a cross and quickly threw the ball to wing-back Zak Sturge who burst down the left flank, beating three players then crossing the ball to striker Henry Okenia who volleyed past the Norfolk goalkeeper from the edge of the penalty area. 

Middlesex grew in confidence and played some lovely football as they kept possession of the ball, but were unable to make their dominance count. On the stroke of half time, Middlesex took their foot off the pedal as a Norfolk striker pounced on to a loose ball and slotted the ball into the net, ensuring the game was level at the interval. 

Middlesex exploded out of their blocks in the second half, immediately winning the ball from the visitors. Middlesex midfielders Kai Williams and Martino Morgan-Germain dictated play and moved the ball well while substitute Ervis Sherrniku displayed his own skills.

Matthew Anderson - the smallest player on the pitch - became a big problem for Norfolk as he found himself everywhere on the pitch and started to dictate play, feeding some lovely balls into his team mates. The quick-footed Ervis Sherrniku scored the Seaxes second goal 20 minutes into the second half,  latching on to a loose ball and scoring with finesse.

At this point, Middlesex were in cruise control. What looked like a cross from Felix Frimpong lobbed the Norfolk ‘keeper from the wing. After the game, Frimpong said that he meant it. The scoring was completed when Jamie Sacopon scored his first County goal of the season and Middlesex’s fourth on the day, making a thunderous run then rounding the ‘keeper.

Middlesex manager Dean Sylvester observed that “this was a great all-round team performance.  The boys can go all the way to the finals if they continue to perform in such a professional manner.” Middlesex face Hampshire away next for a place in the semi-finals.

Squad: Reiss Walker, Zak Sturge, Dajuan Deans, D'vonte Bristol, Tobi Ogundega, Felix Frimpong, Martino Morgan-Germain, Kai Williams, Makel Brazille, Henry Okenia, Jamie Sacopon, Ervis Sherrniku, James Penny, Matthew Anderson